The year 2017 saw the light of some amazing soundtracks and also a huge upstream with several new talents coming to the foray. Here we pick some of the music albums that impressed the listeners unanimously:
Note: The list is not in any particular order and doesn’t include dubbed soundtracks like Baahubali 2, Solo. Also, the list doesn’t include movies whose full soundtrack haven’t been released yet – Thaana Serndha Kootam, Enai Noki Paayum Thota]
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‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ marked the 25th year for AR Rahman in the Tamil music scene. That, invariably meant it had been 25 years since Mani & Rahman joined hands for the first time. The duo still has enough gas in them to surprise us and deliver an album that could make us look back and take notice. Kaatru Veliyidai’ songs were refreshingly fresh, foot-tapping & yet remained experimental. Social media went ballistic over songs like ‘Azhagiye’ & ‘Sarattu Vandila’ whereas tracks like ‘Nallai Allai’ & ‘Vaan’ were pure bliss. Easily, the best album in the last year!
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Taramani’ was definitely one of the stronger albums from Yuvan Shankar Raja in recent times. The album was the last swansong for the glorious Na.Muthukumar – Yuvan Shankar Raja. The mood of the album was morose, psychedelic & some of the songs sounding intoxicating. It became one of those soundtracks that got better with every successive listen. Tracks like ‘Oru Koppai’, ‘Un Badhil Vendi’, ‘Unnai’ had the stamp of YSR all over it.
Like recent times, D.Imman reserved his ultimate best for a minimum of one project per year. This year, it turned out to be the Jayam Ravi – Aravind Swamy starrer ‘Bogan’. The album had scope for the composer to go all out & he does exactly the same. While ‘Vaarai’ is clearly the album winner, songs like ‘Kooduvittu’ & ‘Senthoora’ ticked most boxes as well.
In terms of sheer innovation & adeptness to the plotline, ‘Vikram Vedha’ takes the cake this year. C.S Sam showed good maturity handling a complex album & came out winners. The re-recording of the movie is a topic of discussion in itself. Songs like ‘Yaanji’ & ‘Tasakku’ ruled the charts & the radios while the composer also delivered a kickass theme in ‘Karuppu Vellai’.
‘Vivegam’ showed us a side of Anirudh which we hadn’t seen earlier. Vivegam’s soundtrack had a truly international appeal to it. Most of the tracks centred around its lead star and the lyrics are positioned in the ‘motivational’ front for most of the tracks. The mixing quality of the album was something that deserves a mention as well. The fans of the star had all the reasons to be on cloud nine because of songs like ‘Surviva’, ‘Thalai Viduthalai’ & the James Bond-ish ‘Never Give Up’.
‘Power Paandi’ was Sean Roldan’s calling to the big league. The composer, who had already impressed music aficionados with his earlier work in ‘Joker’, scaled new territories here. Songs like ‘Venpani Malare’ & ‘Paarthen’ evoked memories of Ilayaraja to the listeners & touched an emotional nerve among them.
Santhosh Narayanan, Pradeep Kumar
‘Meyaadha Maan’ surprised everyone who had written it off as an easy album. Santhosh Narayanan enfused the rawness that was last heard in ‘Irudhi Sutru’ in songs like ‘Rathina Katti’ & delivered a thumping melody in ‘Meghamo’. Pradeep made a fine debut as well & received plenty of accolades for delivering extremely experimental tracks like ‘Enna Naan’. Overall, a very youth friendly album it turned out to be!
Harris Jeyaraj’s ‘Spyder’ marked a return to form for the ace composer. Although predictable, the album had plenty of foot-tapping numbers like ‘Aali Aali’ & ‘Ciciliya’. The catchy hook-lines which Harris Jeyaraj is known for were back & the album stuck to the composer’s strengths. Not experimental but still, solid enough.
Chennai 2 Singapore
‘Chennai 2 Singapore’ saw Ghibran unleash himself fully with highly innovative tunes & wacky arrangements. The album had a mix of everything. Right from a typical Ghibran melody in ‘Ro Ro Roshini’ to the reggaeish ‘Gun Inbam’ to the metal parody ‘Texas Pogiren’ which turned out to be the highlight of the album.
Sakka Podu Raja
‘Sakka Podu Raja’ marked a solid debut for composer turned actor Silambarasan. The actor showed plenty of music substance which was evident in tracks like ‘Siru Siru’ & ‘Unakaaga’. Apart from the over usage of auto-tune, the album was quite satisfactory & had quite a number of songs pertaining to the style of Simbhu’s usual style.
Other Notable Mentions – Meesaya Murukku, Magalir Mattum, Koothathil Oruvan, Puriyadha Pudhir, Aval, Mersal
By Siddharth K